Plant of the Day
Tuesday 25 July 2017
This unusual form of the tender annual Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Cupcakes White’ was discovered in a garden in Santa Rosa, California, in 2007. The petals of Cosmos are usual separate but here they all are fused into one single cup, completely changing the normally daisy-looking flower. Seed breeders have been busy fixing this unusual trait and in
2014 flower trials by the seed firm Thompson & Morgan the plant coped well with a range of weather conditions. Here it is helping to form a display in a white themed planting at Kensington Palace Gardens, London and as an edging to a vegetable display garden at RHS Wisley, Surrey.